'Broke' CAB target steps out in style at son's wedding bash
A ‘broke’ Ann Connors stepped out in style this week to celebrate the wedding of her son Andy Jnr, weeks after claiming she was penniless because the Criminal Assets Bureau took all her money.
The wife of slain crime boss ‘Fat’ Andy Connors enjoyed a traveller knees-up on Thursday when her son married Ann Stokes at a lavish ceremony.
The wedding party danced the night away with the mother of the groom a guest of honour for the occasion.
Just two weeks ago Ann told a court that she is surviving on social welfare because the CAB nabbed all her money. She was hit with a massive €2.5 million bill last year after officers linked her to a number of properties.
At Dun Laoghaire District Court, where she was found guilty of possession of a screwdriver and a pair of gloves for use in a theft or burglary, presiding Judge Anne Watkins said Connors was telling lies when she denied the charges.
She had applied for free legal aid, but the decision was deferred after gardaí objected, claiming that she had €13,000 in a bank account at the time of the incident.
This week, Ann and her family stepped out in their finery to celebrate the wedding of her son Andy Jnr to traveller bride Ann Stokes.
The occasion was the second family wedding since the murder of family head ‘Fat’ Andy at his home in Saggart in 2014.
Then the widow was still wearing a black mourning outfit when she stepped out to see her eldest son marry a 16-year-old bride.
Then, John Connors gifted his bride with a €50,000 sparkler and was married in Co. Antrim. The Sunday World was watching as the family stopped traffic with their gaudy show of wealth, which included a gold Rolls Royce Phantom and a collection of brand new Mercedes and Range Rovers.
This time the Connors family were keeping the location of the wedding closer to their chests, but snaps taken by revellers showed they once again pulled out all the stops when it came to bling.
Bridesmaids were treated to engraved night attire on the eve of the wedding when they stayed at the Kingswood Hotel in Tallaght – a short drive from the family home.
Ann had her hair and make-up done professionally before slipping into a white dress and matching fascinator.
Connors is demanding money from the estate of the late Jim Mansfield Snr which she says she is owed. Criminal Troy Jordan is understood to be representing her interests.
In March she told a court she was broke after receiving a CAB bill last year in the wake of her husband’s murder. He was shot five times before dying in Ann’s arms at their Dublin home. He was buried in a €50,000 gold plated coffin and wearing a €40,000 Rolex watch.
Fat Andy had made his name as a gangland banker and the head of a robbery gang who preyed on old and vulnerable people across the country.
In court it was heard that soon after the CAB judgement against her, Ann Connors was caught by Gardaí driving around a south Dublin suburb with a screwdriver, gloves and a balaclava.
Judge Watkins said she believed that Mrs Connors was “part and parcel of an enterprise to commit a burglary”.
An off-duty garda spotted Connors driving on the M50 and followed her to Leopardstown, where Gardaí believe the intended burglary was to take place.
Connors told the court she had “never seen” the screwdriver or gloves before.
In his evidence, Garda Dermot Haugh said he was off duty and driving southbound on the M50 when he saw a brown Nissan Almera being driven in an erratic manner. He recognised Connors, who was the driver, as well as a young male in the front seat. There was a second young male and two children in the back.
Garda Haugh followed the car, which eventually parked at Leopardstown Avenue. He saw the two male passengers walking up a driveway. One had a green balaclava, while the second had his face covered with a wool hat. Both were wearing gloves.
Garda Haugh said they ran back and got into the car when they spotted him.
The car did a U-turn and, as it turned out of the estate, a screwdriver was thrown out of the passenger window. The car was searched and a pair of gloves and a white sock with money was found.
In court Connors claimed she was on her way to visit her ill sister-in-law in hospital.